RELEASED: February 6, 2020
PUBLISHER: Rock the Boat
FORMAT: ARC – [AD; thanks to Rock the Boat!]
GENRE: YA Contemporary
GOODREADS RATING: 4.15
TRIGGERS: Fat-shaming, physical abuse, mental abuse, domestic abuse, blackmail, rape, sex / kissing without consent, talk about animal abuse [very short], abortion
REPS: LGBTQIA+ side character
No one has ever asked Izzy what she wants. She’s about to change all that…
In a house adept at sweeping problems under the carpet, seventeen-year-old Izzy feels silenced. As her safety grows uncertain, Izzy know three things for sure. She knows not to tell her mother that Jacob Mansfield has been threatening to spread those kinds of photos around college. She knows to quiet the grief that she’s been abandoned by her best friend Grace. And, seeing her mother conceal the truth of her stepdad’s control, Izzy also knows not to mention how her heart splinters and her stomach churns whenever he enters a room.
When the flimsy fabric of their life starts to unravel, Izzy and her mum must find their way out of the silence and use the power in their voices to rediscover their worth.
The moment I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. So I requested it. And then I cried happy tears when, for the first time ever, a physical ARC request was approved because I got a copy in the mail! That alone already made this book special but.. It ended up being way more special for a whole other bunch of reasons. [So, thank you thank you thank you to Rock the Boat!]
As is custom in my reviews, I want to address the writing first. Especially since it took some getting used to on my part. One of my first notes when reading this book consisted of me pointing out that the sentences are sometimes very long. It made Izzy’s voice a rambling mess in my head. The thing is, though, that I got used to it, I got used to Izzy and it stopped bothering me before reaching the halfway point of the story. So, yes, it took some getting used to, but it also shows how Izzy – our main character – has her own, unique voice.
Then.. What to talk about next.. I’m honestly having a very hard time writing this review because this book contains so, so much and was such a heart-wrenching and hard read. It’s hard to put into words how The Sky Is Mine made me feel. Yes, I had to stop reading often. Very often. But that wasn’t a bad thing at all. Some of you know, others will now know how rape is a part of my past. I am a survivor so reading books about rape culture is tough for me, always. But I love seeing it represented in books and I love how it makes me feel like I turned out okay. How I reclaimed myself. How I moved past it as much as I possibly could.
But that’s not the only hard thing that’s mentioned. On the contrary. I mentioned it all in my triggers at the top of this review, so I won’t be repeating it all. The one thing I do want to highlight is the abuse. Not only physical, but also mental. Not only by others, but also by a person living with Izzy. It’s like the hard subjects, the harder parts of life are everywhere in this book and.. I truly love it for that.
Although the focus isn’t on Grace, Izzy’s best friend, I did appreciate her person. Apart from her, and her girlfriend, being queer, she also has a bigger part in this story. Yes, at first you might not like her. I know I didn’t. But we also see her growth throughout the story and by the end of it, I ended up loving her. Although not at much as Izzy.
Then there’s Izzy’s mom. Without spoiling anything, let’s just say the admiration is here. I feel like I see too little of strong parents, of growing parents in books. Most of the time they’re just there – sort of. Not in The Sky Is Mine though.
I guess all I have to say is.. I loved every word of this book. It’s a tough read to get through, but it’s one that’s needed in this world. It’s one needed to realize you can overcome things when they don’t seem like it at all. The Sky Is Mine tore my heart straight out, smashed it to pieces, had me crying and had me feeling relieved and happy at the end of it. Definitely an emotional roller coaster ride worth taking.
What’s a book that made you feel all the feelings?
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